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Comedian S.J. Tannenbaum Raises the Roof at The Bridge

On Monday, December 7, socially distanced patrons enjoyed the delicious food of The Bridge Turkish and Mediterranean Grill Restaurant in Highland Park along with an exclusive performance by comedian and impressionist S.J. Tannenbaum.

Tannenbaum brought up the difficult topic of dating and how things are difficult in the age of COVID. He noted how his mother always reminds him to look nice and presentable at all times because “you never know when you will meet someone and you want to make a good impression.” For example, you should consider the human resources manager at a job interview as a potential mother-in-law and behave appropriately.

Another amusing segment covered the distinctions between “yeshivish” customer service and that provided by non-Jewish companies and the hilarities that ensue with different time zones between the United States and Israel.

With spot-on impressions of current and recent United States presidents, Tannenbaum presented a hilarious segment about Presidents Trump, Obama, Bush and Clinton studying Gemara. The mere thought of that happening was amusing; using their distinctive accents, mannerisms and personalities, Tannenbaum raised the sketch to laugh-out-loud level. On the fly he would change back and forth between the various presidential voices as they mentioned different topics and discussions of the Gemara. The restaurant’s serving staff could not contain themselves as they laughed at all the humor. Tannenbaum continued with impressions of voices from characters from the show “The Big Bang Theory” and the Star Wars franchise. How often has Chewbacca spoken directly to you?

Another topic was the love/hate relationship many have with flying and the incredible differences that exist between the treatment of coach and first class passengers. It was instantly relatable, and incredibly amusing, and the audience could not stop laughing.

Tannenbaum asked if anyone in the audience had been to Israel and heard one of their commercials. Israeli commercials are unique in that everything advertised is made to sound absolutely fantastic. Without giving away the punchline here, Tannenbaum performed an exact impression that would have been right at home on Israeli radio.

Tannenbaum grew up in the area and always loved laughing, performing impressions and being the center of attention. He was able to get into the local comedy club Stress Factory’s open mic night and did quite well, even as the only kippah-wearing performer. His “clean” act had the diverse audience laughing, and a career was born. He will be performing at a Chanukah event at Yeshiva University and has opened for British comedian Ashley Blaker. Although he has been officially performing for only about two years, expect to see much more from this young comedian.

As Michael Garber, Bridge manager/mashgiach noted, “We all need a little laughter, especially in these times.”

There is often something special happening at The Bridge, but you can enjoy their food at any time. Visit http://www.bridgerestauranthp.com/ for their menu, reservations and additional information. Socially distanced indoor and outdoor seating is available.

By Deborah Melman

 

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